Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
Peoria, AZ (ISN) – Cleveland third baseman Jose Ramirez had a pair of home runs and three RBIs to give the Indians all the runs they would need in a 3-1 win over the Seattle Mariners in Cactus League play Sunday afternoon in front of 8,641 fans at Peoria Stadium.
Cleveland Indian third baseman Jose Ramirez watches his second of two home runs sail over the left field fence Sunday. He would drive in all the Indian’s runs in the 3-1 win over Seattle (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Both of Ramirez’s shots came off Seattle starter Wade Miley, the first, a solo bomb in the first inning that cleared the tented roof of the Hooter’s Restaurant in left field and the second, a two-run shot to left-center that scored Michael Martinez, who led off the inning with a double.
The three runs generated by Ramirez were more than enough on the day, as the Cleveland pitching staff, led by starter and eventual winner Tom House, held the Mariners to just five scattered hits on the day, with House surrendering three of those, while striking out two and walking just one in his four innings of work.
Cleveland starter Tom House was effective Sunday against the Mariners, allowing no runs on three hits in his four innings of work (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Missing some of their big offensive guns, including Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz, who played Saturday night, the Mariners struggled to string together hits and just could not get any offence going against House and the Indians bullpen.
Seattle’s Norichika Aoki heads to first after stroking one of the Mariners five hits on the day (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Their only run came off of Cleveland reliever Tom Gorzelanny in the seventh inning. Dae-Ho Lee was hit by a pitch and after a pair of passed balls, found himself at third base. Daniel Robertson would then single him home to give the home squad some hope.
However, the Cleveland bullpen of Joe Thatcher, Ross Detwiler and Austin Adams, who gets credit for the save, would keep the Mariners off the board the rest of the way to close out the win.
Seattle reliver Steve Cishek was one of three Mariner relievers who held the Indians hitless over the last four innings of Sunday’s game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The loss overshadows an equally fine performance by the Mariners bullpen, including Steve Cishek (1 IP), Mayckol Guaipe (2 IP) and Casey Coleman (1 IP) who held the Indians hitless over the last four innings.
Cleveland second baseman Michael Martinez throws to first from his knees after making a fine diving play on a ground ball Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The win gives the Indians a two-game sweep of the Mariners in 2016 Cactus League play, with the previous coming in a 4-3 win on March 8th at Goodyear. It also improves their overall spring record to 9-10-2.
The Mariners fall to 9-11-2 and will look to get back in the win column when they travel to Glendale on Monday afternoon to face the Dodgers with Roach Iwakuma scheduled for the start. The Dodgers will counter with Kente Maeda.
It was a frustrating day for many Mariners batters including Rob Brantly who was left holding a large toothpick after shattering his bat on this foul ball (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Roster Moves: The Mariners announced today that RHP Jonathan Aro, LHP David Rollins and C Steve Baron have been optioned to AAA Tacoma. RHP Adrian Sampson and INF Ed Lucas have been assigned to minor league camp. The Mariners spring roster currently sits at 40 players with 2 on the disabled list.